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Keep Those Pearly Whites

Filed Under: Personal Care at 9:22 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
ToothbrushesWhat’s one of the first things you notice about a person? Their teeth? Probably. And what’s one of the first things you notice when you’re talking to them? Their breath? Possibly. The mouth is one of your most noticeable features. It’s where the noise comes from. It’s where the food goes, and it’s a repellant when in a state of decay. Think about it. If you met someone whose teeth were beyond repair or not there, your first reaction wouldn’t be attraction. And if their breath bordered on repugnant, you’d be looking for a quick way to end the conversation. We, as a society, pay a lot of attention to oral hygiene for semi-shallow reasons. But now, studies are giving us another reason to up our concern and whip out the floss.

When researchers examined the oral and overall health of 12,000 adults beginning in their college years and extending for 57 years, they found that people with poor oral hygiene may have an increased chance of heart disease. This wasn’t much of a surprise, as numerous studies have suggested the same. However, the link between young-adulthood oral health and older overall health was. Individuals who had lost at least nine teeth as young adults were one-third more likely to die from heart disease than those who had lost five or fewer. Scientists are unsure as to the specific cause but believe that it is due to bacteria in the mouth entering the bloodstream and either damaging the blood vessel lining or triggering inflammation.  Either way, the risk of heart disease increases, and the sooner bacteria makes itself at home in your mouth, the sooner it’s going to affect your overall health. So, what should you do?

The simple answer is do the same things you’ve been doing to keep your mouth clean, but that’s assuming that you are keeping your mouth clean. And sadly, a lot of you aren’t. You brush quickly in the morning and at night. You floss when the box falls out of the medicine cabinet, accidentally. You see the dentist when someone else holds a drill to your head, and you aren’t entirely sure how old that bottle of mouthwash is. What you should be doing is seeing the dentist regularly, brushing thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste (for those of you flashing back to the fluoride-water post – fluoride in water is bad; fluoride in toothpaste is good), flossing at least once a day, using a tongue scrubber and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. If you need guidance on how any of these things should be done, the American Dental Association  and oral-care manufacturers  offer suggestions and sometimes pictures. And remember, keeping all of your teeth shouldn’t be a miracle or an accident. It should be a priority.

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